Dennis Herrera - Guitar, Vocals

Dennis Herrera was born and raised in San Jose, California just a heartbeat away from San Francisco the home of the hippie generation and Golden Gate Bridge.  When asked about his music history Dennis shared, "as a kid in the 60's I was introduced to rock n roll via the transistor radio by my mom we listened to a pop AM station, KLIV and that planted the music seed. Tuning into The Yardbirds, Animals, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Sam and Dave, Wilson Picket etc. became my favorite pastime.  "At age 15 I saw James Brown LIVE and I was blown away!" 

At a young age Dennis went to count-less rock & roll, R&B, blues and soul concerts/shows in the Bay Area, San Jose, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco at the Fillmore, Winterland, Avalon Ballroom, and numerous juke-joint blues clubs.  Dennis' fondly recounts his first guitar given to him by his grandfather, took a handful of guitar lessons and played in garage bands, "We wanted to be rock stars put our first band together and the girls dug it my first ever performance was at my high school, I was flunking music class but in order to pass my teacher suggested I play for the student talent show.  Nervously  I went on stage and covered the Richie Havens song Freedom from the film Woodstock.  I’ll never forget what a major rush that was and I passed with an straight A!".  Early on Dennis found that his favorite rock groups the Stones, Savoy Brown and original Fleetwood Mac covered songs written by blues greats Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B. King, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker just to name a few,  "It's been blues ever since struggling to play music as a profession, I found myself re-directed a number of times but have always come back to playing blues, regrettably I didn't join an established blues band, I have had opportunity but instead chose to lead various blues projects of my own to date, I've tried a variety of catchy band names thinking they were original but soon found out most were taken, so I simply settled with my birth name for the band". Dennis Herrera has recorded 3 CD's and continues to perform his original blues as well as his favorites for well over 30 years in and around the state.

Past and Present Players

Lee Campbell - Drummer

Originally from New Jersey, Lee Campbell now lives in Los Angeles where he has recorded and performed with William Clarke, James Harman, Jody Williams, and Billy Boy Arnold among others.   Lee’s association with popular blues artists has taken him to Europe, Canada, and across the Unites States and his playing can be heard on numerous CD’s and movie sound tracks.

 Bill Stuve - Bassist

Born William Carl Stuve III in Alameda, and raised in San Jose, CA.  Bill has played music all his life, his first band "The Warlocks" was formed, with Bill playing guitar. Many bands followed and it was during this time, Bill switched to playing electric bass.  Soon he hooked up with guitar man Junior Watson. They developed a musical relationship that evolved into a group in 1975 with "Harlem Globetrotter" Nate Branch. That led to playing the casinos in Las Vegas & Reno. From there, through a Watson connection in 1977, "The Mighty Flyers" were formed. That band then featured band leader Rod Piazza (Harp), Junior Watson (Guitar), Bill Swartz (Drums), Honey Piazza (Piano) and Bill Stuve (Upright Bass). 

 

 Frank De Rose - Bassist

Frank De Rose has been a fixture in the Bay Area blues scene for over 40 years. During those 40 years Frank has been a band member with many of the Bay Area’s top blues performers. That list includes Gary Smith, Tommy Castro, Mark Hummel, J.C. Smith, Kenny Blue Ray, John Garcia, Mike Shermer, Andy Santana, Sid Morris, David Barrett and others. Through those associations Frank was in the position to be asked to provide his bass playing skills to a long list of national touring blues performers. List includes Snooky Prior, Otis Rush, Lowell Folsom, Kenny Neal, Lazy Lester, Joe Filisko, Johnny Heartsman, Kid Anderson, Nick Gravenites, Ron Thompson, Andy Just, Chris Cain, Rusty Zinn, Jr., Watson, Larry Arkansas, Davis, Mississippi Johnny Waters, Johnny Adams, Luther Tucker, "Mighty" Mo Rogers, Steve Freund, Dennis Herrera, Eddie Shaw, Mike Wheeler, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Chico Banks and many others. 

A short list of Frank's notable performances includes several San Francisco Blues Festivals along with several of the San Francisco Battle of the Harps. Frank also has multiple performances at the Monterey Blues Festival, San Jose Fountain Blues Festival, and the JJ's Blues Festival. Frank also has appeared at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, The Legends of Chicago Blues at Villa Montalvo and the California Blues Legends show. Frank’s bass playing can be heard on CD’s from the following artists. Tip of the Top, John Lawton, Kenny Blue Ray, Jackie Pain, Jimmy Morello, Sid Morris, David Barrett, Dennis Herrera and more.

Denis Depoitre

 

Denis' Depoitre - Harmonica

 

Denis was born and raised in Paris, and grew up listening to many American and British rock and heavy metal bands. I took a liking to the harmonica in the late nineties, inspired by listening to William Clarke among various other blues artists. From then on I began to learn harmonica on my own. I was lucky to have met Bird of Paradise in San Francisco, who introduced me to Paul Osher. Meeting and performing with a string of pioneers of blues from RJ Mischo to Kim Wilson to Mitch Kashmar definitely improved and solidified my harmonica-playing career and got me to where I am today. Finally, I must mention Babe and Ricky's as the place that truly brought together my career and introduced me to numerous more blues artists.